Awards success for Suffolk emergency volunteer group

Date: 11 October 2016

Time: 13:00

Haverhill CFRs Keith Jesson, Stan Pridmore, Ahmet Mustafa, Julie Griffey and David Halsey. Courtesy of Cambridge News.

A community first responder group (CFR) has received a boost after scooping an award.

Members of Haverhill CFRs received the emergency services award from the Cambridge News last month.

Haverhill CFRs are one of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s (EEAST) most active groups with 16 active responders and another six awaiting training. The group attended more than 500 medical emergencies in 2015/16.

The newpaper’s community awards have been running since 2003.

David Halsey, co-ordinator of Haverhill CFRs, said two businesses were looking to sponsor the group following the awards success.

“It has certainly raised more awareness of us in the community and the positive comments we have got from the public has been outstanding.

“The recognition is really nice because we are a really busy group for the ambulance service,” he said.

Community first responders are trained by the Trust to respond to medical emergencies where they live or work such as cardiac arrests, chokings, allergic reactions, diabetic emergencies and patients with chest pain or breathing difficulties.

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  • Summary:

    A group of volunteer life-savers in Suffolk have scooped a community award